Now That I See You

Welcome to our family blog!

For those of you who have been following our infertility story at www.bebraveinfertilityjourney.com, thank you for all your support and for reading along with our story! Like Jason mentioned, this blog is just our regular family, day-to-day blog. We have been on hiatus from it over the last couple of years as we were busy writing on that blog, but now it seems more appropriate to migrate back to our Grassy Knoells site.

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Moving Day

Wow.

Well, for those of you who used to follow this blog back in the day, you should know we moved.

Since we started our infertility journey in earnest, two years ago, we created a new blog at http://www.bebraveinfertilityjourney.com.

Most of you probably already know this, but I figured there’s always a chance that someone never got the memo.

Anyway, you can read about the last couple of years of our life there. Spoiler Alert!: We had twins. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Well, now that the infertility portion of our journey is on pause, we decided to move our blog musings back to The Grassy Knoells page! However, we are also moving our Grassy Knoells blog from Blogger over to WordPress. Why? Lots of reasons.

The new URL is http://www.thegrassyknoells.com. Follow us over hereย if you’d like to stay up to date!

If and when we end up going for another kid, we’ll probably move back to Be Brave, since that is fertility related, and our day-to-day life is not. ๐Ÿ™‚

Blessed

I was dejunking our second bedroom and going through high school papers and young women’s papers and found this gem:

Ironically enough, this list was written just a few months after meeting Jason. Little did I know that I would marry that man and that he meets every one of these items. I am a very lucky girl!

No Posts for 6 Months and Then a Mammoth!

I’ll admit it, blogging has kind of fallen off my to do list. While I’m very content with my daily life right now, it’s the same ol same ol and isn’t really interesting enough to write about. Not only that but now that i don’t have the time to blog at work it’s not something I think about doing when I finally get home. But seeing as it has been ages and I still haven’t really talked much about the new routine we’ve been in since June, I shall share ๐Ÿ™‚

Like I mentioned in my last post, Jason and I had both just started new jobs. He is still at Cleantelligent and I am still at Central Utah Clinic. We’re both loving it! Cleantelligent has turned out to be a pleasant surprise. At first Jason and I both thought it would be a place holder until something better came along, but it really did turn into a huge blessing in disguise. As I mentioned, he splits his time between sales and media. It’s been a great balance for him. He got to design their new company website which has been a major success in driving new business for the company. He’s been successful on the sales side of things too and bringing in quite a bit of commission in each pay check witch is fantastic for us. He gets along great with his coworkers and his boss (his former home teaching companion and fellow Cub Scout person) is very understanding and accommodating with his school schedule and doctors appointments and such Jason has also gotten a lot of compliments from not only his boss but higher up with his boss’s bosses. It’s been vindicating after the last job where a lot of Jason’s hard work and efforts weren’t acknowledged. He’s gotten emails recognizing his work as well as in person compliments. It’s nice when your hard work gets noticed! Jason also got to be a part of a week long convention down in Vegas, which was a ton of work but also a big opportunity for him. Basically, Jason sees himself with this company for at least a couple more years.

As for me, Central Utah Clinic has also been fantastic. I like it a lot! Like I said, we stay busy.  We have 5 people working on medical records requests for 150 doctors and around 150 PAs, NPs, etc. so about 300 providers. (I over estimated in my last post.) On an average day we get about 70 requests from other doctors offices or patients that need to be answered within 24 hours and additionally each day we also get in an average of 80 requests from insurances and law firms that need to be answered within 10=15 business days. Our phones are ringing off the hook all day and unfortunately we definitely can’t answer all of them so we generally have about 40 voice mails throughout the day to call back. Then we also have patients coming in person to our office, usually about 20 a day. Each day I’m in go-go-go! mode. I tend to be an accidental workaholic and forget to take my lunch break  no earlier then 2, if I remember it at all. If I didn’t have to take my lunch break, I’d probably prefer not to (or at least a shorter one) because there’s always so much to do. But despite the constant workload, it’s very enjoyable. It’s the same daily work enough so that I don’t feel overwhelmed and confident in my abilities (I rock at my job, to be honest. Despite being here only 8 months, my numbers are typically the second highest, not far behind the girl who has been here 5 years….I’m kind of awesome.)  but at the same time there’s enough variance between each case that it’s not monotonous. It’s a really good balance for me. The company is good to its employees and there are some nice benefits through them. I’m grateful to have insurance and all the random perks. The workload is perfect for my health concerns. I’m guessing I’ll stay here until I leave to become a stay at home mom. That’s the hope anyway!

Speaking about being a stay at home mom, our journey to parenthood is still marching on. I know you guys, our close readers, know that our only option to have biological children will be to pursue IVF. but we haven’t posted anything about that. This next part will be all about that and very long, so you can skip it if you’d like, since many of you already know this. To be honest, it’s not for you, it’s more for me to have a record of it somewhere. …

We got off birth control in January 2011 and started actively trying in April of 2011. When we still hadn’t conceived after a year we met with a NP at my OBGYN office. Because of my inconsistent periods, we both figured it was something on my side. We worked through the basics with the NP, she did discover I have a major Vitamin D deficiency which could affect conception and got me on prescription strength vitamin d supplements. We did some more basic things and when that didn’t work I met with a Uro-gynocologist to discuss my suspicions that I had endometriosis. He agreed with me that it was a pretty good possibility and let us know he would be willing to do a laproscopic procedure on me. He did state that typically he wouldn’t want to do that without checking the male’s sperm count first to rule out anything there but because we didn’t want to do that (Jason was uninsured at the time) and it sounded so likely that I had it he’d go ahead and do the procedure without checking Jason first. We had the procedure, I have endometriosis and cysts. The doctor scraped off and burned off as much as he could. My first period after the surgery? Um, heavenly compared to any one of them before! My cramps were sooo much better! The further we get from the surgery, the worse they get (I’m guessing the endometriosis is growing back) but they’re still so much better and less painful. Anyway, when we still didn’t get pregnant post surgery we kept trying more stuff. We did find out that I’m hypoglycemic and have Factor V Leidien, a clotting disorder. Both of those can affect conception and pregnancy. Finally, after 3 rounds of clomid (which resulted in more cysts, a rare side effect so of course I got it…ha) our doctor pretty much said we needed to bite the bullet and check out Jason’s side of things too just to rule out stuff even though he wasn’t insured. In August of 2012 we did a seaman analysis. We were absolutely shocked to hear the results–they found zero sperm. Zero. When there should be several millions. After so many things on my side of things we never imagined there would be infertility factors with BOTH of us. At that point, our wonderful, sweet obgyn let us know unfortunately there was nothing else he could do for us and that we would need to see a urologist for Jason to see what was causing the sperm issues. We met with the urologist and he let us know it could be one of 3 basic things–a hormone imbalance, a blockage, or genetics. He had us do a second seman analysis to make sure the first one wasn’t a fluke. It wasn’t, So the next step was some very expensive blood tests. Since Jason still wasn’t insured, we had to wait quite a while to save money for those tests. Did I mention I got diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis during all this? In October 2012. That kind of put things on hold with our fertility journey as we dealt with all that. Despite that diagnosis, we didn’t want to wait to keep going to start our family. So we kept saving up for Jason’s tests. We finally got the tests done in May 2013 and they came back on the low-normal side, ruling out a hormone imbalance that would’ve been the less invasive fix. At this point the urologist informed us we’d need to consult a fertility specialist. I’d mentioned a few things to my sister about what was going on and she let us know that the Utah Fertility Clinic had let her hospital (she’s a nurse) know they were doing a free open house in June 2013, where you could come in and see their facility and chat with their doctors.We went and got to meet Dr Foulk, a talented and nation renowned fertility specialist, and chatted with him and let him know briefly our issues (his eyes got wider and wider as we kept going with our list!) He was a sweetheart and let us know he’d give us a free consultation and to come in and meet with him. While at the open house, Jason and I ran into some friends. We would never have guessed about their infertility ordeals but they opened up to us and told us about their journey and had nothing but good things to say about UFC. We felt good about it and decided to meet with Dr Foulk. At that appointment we were educated about our options. Dr. Foulk was very matter of fact to let us know that worst case scenario, we’d find out we wouldn’t be able to have kids. A heartbreaking thought. But, IF that were the case, then at least we would find out quickly without wasting money that could go towards adoption or what not. But he made it very clear that his goal for us was to do everything he could to help us have a baby. Side note, we did finally have insurance for both of us but now of course insurance won’t cover infertility stuff because it’s “elective” to have a baby when we’re technically healthy without one. Ugh. Anyway, Dr. Foulk did more labs on Jason, showing that genetically everything was fine. There was no obvious blockages so in July 2013 a procedure was done on Jason. Basically, they poked needles around through his epedidmis to determine if there was sperm there. Nothing was found. So after the needles, Jason got to have a biopsy…Dr. Foulk described it as taking an ear punching gun and using that on the testicles to punch out a sample. Ouch. To say the least. Poor Jason! But while we were there (yes, Jason was awake because we chose to save our money for the anesthesia, but he was numbed down…poor guy. And Dr. Foulk let me stay in the room during the procedure, which was nice of him) they did a quick evaluation of the testicular tissue. They found TWO sperm. Still mind blowing to hear that, again, where there should be millions…but Dr. Foulk was very pleased by that because it shows that Jason is and can produce sperm, even if it’s so low. That means there’s the potential of upping those numbers and puts us in a better place then if they had found nothing. They sent that off to the lab and in August 2013 we came back and met with Dr. Foulk to discuss the results. At the early stage of Jason’s life, very possibly before he was even born and while he was still in the womb, his testicles didn’t descend when they should and caused a lot of heat and issues that led to fibrous scar tissue. Though they did get to where they needed to be, that scar tissue is now causing problems with his sperm. It’s a fluke condition that’s not inherited or anything. Awesome, right? What that means is our only option is IVF. And not just regular IVF, but ICSI IVF. If we want to have children that are biologically Jason’s and mine, we will need to pump Jason full of hormones to boost his sperm count, hopefully to be in the 2,000 range. That would hopefully be enough to get us pregnant but definitely not enough to try and leave to chance to get pregnant through natural conception. What they would do is extract the sperm and implant them one by one into the my eggs, which is what the ICSI part of IVF is, the one by one implantation instead of throwing the sperm into a petree dish and adding the eggs and letting the sperm find their way to the eggs. That would be using regular IVF too where they would pump me full of meds to make me produce a ton of eggs in one month (like, 10-40 instead of the regular one a month), knock me out to collect all the eggs, go do their thing with the sperm, and then plant them back in me and hope they implant. Wow. What a lot of information to absorb and consider. And then the logistics! The only thing that could possibly be covered by insurance would be the medicines. Not the procedure itself. We met with their billing person and crunched the numbers…without the medicines being covered, with procedures, labs, anesthesia, etc….we’re looking at $15,000-$18,000. Ouch. And unfortunately, that amount of money is not a guarantee that it would work! Because we’re so young, our odds are much higher that it will be successful. Jason and I are striving to be optimistic. A lot of people spend thousands trying things that lead up to IVF that are unsuccessful and then finally get to IVF and have already wasted quite a bit of money. Since my procedure was covered by insurance, we really only spent a little over a grand in stuff for Jason. Which yes, is a lot of money for us, but it’s not $6,000 trying IUI or whatever and then the $15,000 on top of it. So that’s a good thing. But it’s terrifying… We’re looking at our options. Basically, we can save up for a few years, get loans that will double our debt of what we have in just student loans already, or try to get grants/donations from fertility foundations. Basically, we’ve decided we’re done waiting…yes we could save for a few years but we’ve already been trying for 3 years. We want a baby. So we decided that we’d look into grants and stuff and if those didn’t pan out, we’re meeting with loan people in January. So we participated in two races that were raffling off free or half off IVFs. We weren’t really expecting to win but hey, why not? Between those two events we got to witness 13 couples get a miracle handed to them so they can start their families. Even though it wasn’t us, those events were extremely powerful and touching to see the hope and joy for those couples. In November we also applied for a grant that had a panel of people look through the applications and make their decision. In November we also heard officially from our insurance that Jason’s medicines will not be covered. So we need $2,000-$3,000 just to start the process with his medicines. We heard back from the foundation that we did not get the grant. Again, disappointing but not unexpected. With that one I was reminded of what a gracious and wonderful man I married. He didn’t know I would know but he sent an email back to the grant people and just thanked them for the opportunity and even though it couldn’t be us we’re happy for whoever it is who gets to have a baby now, stuff like that. The foundation emailed back and thanked Jason for his kind words, as other people have not been nearly as nice or understanding about how tough their decision was. Just another reminder of how awesome my husband is.

As you can imagine, the last couple of years have been hard in many ways. We’ve had more health hurtles in the last couple of years then most people have in a lifetime. It’s difficult, I won’t lie. I find myself having pity parties constantly. But I try to stay positive. I try to be more like Jason and focus on the many blessings we’ve experienced. All these trials have shown me what kind of marriage we have. It’s taught me more about us as individuals. It’s teaching us to have faith and rely on the Lord. I will admit I personally have discovered I could be doing a lot more in those areas. I know that we have both been promised in several ways that we will be parents here in this life. I know that Heavenly Father will keep His promises if I keep mine. I know it will happen. But I have a hard time being patient and dealing with so much unkown of when and how. We’re trying to make the most of this time with just the two of us though. We’re trying to prepare our home to be where we want to be spiritually when our little ones arrive in our family. We’re trying to go to the temple weekly and we’ve  gone to to the temple more in the last 6 months then probably the first 4 years of our marriage. We’re trying to have better habits for our spiritual and physical health. We’re trying to recognize the many other blessings in our life that we’re overlooking because of our trials. Our jobs, especially Jason’s. If things hadn’t worked out the way they had, Jason wouldn’t be at Cleantelligent where his income is more then at his previous jobs, allowing us to actually save money for the IVF. We also have our home, our cat, our family and friends–so many blessings we take for granted. And yes, the MS sucks in the midst of all this, but at least I can get that under control and know about it before I get pregnant. We’re trying to focus on things like that.

We had another large and wonderful blessing a few weeks ago. A very generous secret santa left us a lovely note and a present in our mailbox. The note was so sweet and their gift left us bawling a little bit. With their gift along with our savings from the last few months may make it so we can get Jason’s medication this month before we get the loan in January, which would help with our timeline. We’re still figuring that out so it might not play out that way, but regardless. that secret santa was ridiculously generous and helped be a stepping stone to get started. However it works out, we’re very hopeful that this time next year we will have a little one to share our life with.

We’re alive! I promise!

Good grief–I knew it had been a while since I posted, but two months?!? Wow did that go fast! It’s actually been a crazy eventful couple of months.

First, I became a college graduate!

 

 I got to walk with Jessi, which was really fun! You know, once I got past the part that my younger sister finished college at the same rate as me, even with my extra year there! haha. But it sure was nice to sit with someone I’m close to!

And of course, I couldn’t have done it without Jason’s support! He’s the greatest!

I had my last day at the auto shop, which was bitter sweet. As you all know, I adored my job there and it truly was a huge blessing for me to be there. Leaving was really hard. Luckily, my new job at Central Utah Clinic has been FANTASTIC. It’s been an interesting switch–I went from working with all guys to all girls. It’s been really fun though. I love the girls in my office. We have a lot in common and we’ve become good friends fast. Not only are the girls great, I really like the job itself. As most of you know, I’m working in Medical Records as a Release Clerk. Basically, when a patient needs a copy of their records to take to a new doctor or for insurance or legal purposes or whatnot, I’m the one who sends the records where they need to go. I’m coming at a crazy busy time (for about 3 months there were only 3 girls handling requests for almost 400 doctors and they got reaaaallly behind) and I feel like I’ve dropped off the face of the planet socially. My job has been offering uncapped overtime for about 10 weeks so I’ve been taking advantage of the extra cash. I don’t mind working extra though. It’s nice to go home and just think about how much I accomplished that day.

And…the extra cash was kind of necessary. Long, stupid story short, Jason was let go at Priddis. I won’t get into it because there was drama and it was really ridiculous and it was stressful. Despite this, Jason and I agree that we were very blessed and things could’ve been much worse. Because my job offered overtime, even without Jason’s income we were able to pay our bills and be fine. And even better, Jason found a new job very quickly. His home teaching companion got him a position at the company he works at: Cleantelligent. What’s that, you ask? It’s a company that offers software for janitorial services. I know, it doesn’t sound like the most thrilling job, which is why we figured Jason could take it as a place holder to pay the bills until something better came along. However, it’s turning into a really nice job! Jason is doing sales half the time, but the sales are actually pretty easy. Because it’s such a niche market, the sales leads come to them expressing interest, which makes it simple to close a deal. And if the sale doesn’t happen, the company is really chill about it. It’s not the super-pushy-high-pressure sales environment we were expecting. Not to mention, the sales commissions are really huge. Jason has already made a few sales and he will actually be making quite a bit more at this job than at any of his past jobs. Jason will also be working on the company’s website, so he even gets to practice a little bit of his Digital Media degree and use it as a portfolio piece. He’ll even get full benefits! To say the least, he landed on his feet. While both of us are still bummed he’s no longer at Priddis, we’re both really seeing evidence of when God closes a door, He really does open a window. Extra money is always a nice thing, but we have a feeling God timed this higher paying job for a specific reason. We shall see…

And amidst all this, Pauly came home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Guys. I bawled my little face off at the airport. It’s just sooo nice to have him back!!! He’s definitely grown up–his homecoming talk? very enlightening and very eerie to hear my brother say such wise words–but he’s also still my little goof ball of a brother. He’s thrown himself right back into real life with a job and everything so we haven’t seen as much of him as I figured we would, but it’s still the greatest feeling to be able to have him home! The only downer about him being home is the fact that Jessi is moving in about two weeks. Sigh. So we didn’t get to have the whole family here in one spot for too long. Which is why we’re cramming in as much family time as we can!

So that’s our last two months in a nutshell. I’d like to say I’ll post again soon, but let’s face it, that might not happen right away! ๐Ÿ™‚

Blessed

Guys, this week has been so good to me!!!

On Tuesday I had my last interactions with my capstone group. Some of you know that they have been VERY difficult to work with all semester, especially one boy. So getting to the end of that was a huge relief. We had a stellar presentation that really impressed our professor and director. I am shocked that everything came together as well as it did, but I’m still very proud at what we accomplished, especially our campaign book. It was really gratifying to still end my major on a good note, despite the awful group, a very difficult client, and a scenario that’s never been dealt with before.  I do (did?) love my major. I think it’s fascinating and overall it was very fun to study even though it didn’t work out as well for me as a career as I’d thought.

Later that afternoon I took my last final ever and walked out of the Brimhall for the very last time as an Advertising Student. I could not stop grinning and thinking about the fact that I was done! I did it! Guys, we all knew going into it that college is no easy feat. But I didn’t really grasp that until I actually went to college. My whole life I’ve been raised and taught that school doesn’t stop at high school, it stops at college. And that’s what I wanted for myself. Before college, I had no doubt that I’d get a bachelor’s degree after 4 years and ya it’d be hard, but not that hard. HA. High school self, college IS hard and yes, there will be times where you kind of half want to just drop out and no you won’t do it in just 4 years. But don’t worry, you won’t give in to the temptation of quitting because finishing college has always been your dream so you’ll stick to it. And actually accomplish that dream this week? Was WONDERFUL. All I could think about on my way home was how proud I was of myself!! I did it! And I was surprisingly emotional about the whole thing, smiling and getting choked up and fighting back tears. (I’m assuming my time of month hormones may be to blame for that! I never cry for things like that!)

That night I was joking with Ayisha how I was on a super high and ridiculously happy but not to worry, I’d start panicking and worrying about my lack of a job the next day. Well, the next day came and before my buzz could be killed, you can’t believe what happened. I got not one, but TWO job offers!!! Which was surprising because I wasn’t supposed to hear back from either one until today, Friday, so hearing back on Wednesday was unexpected! Both offers were for Central Utah Clinic but at two different departments, the Call Center (where Nancy’s at) and at Medical Records. Both positions came with fantastic hours, health benefits, and really good pay with the call center paying slightly more. Not gonna lie, the luxury of choosing between TWO job offers made me feel extremely blessed, especially when I know there are plenty of people in need of a job even within my own family.

I have officially accepted the position with Medical Records. I was excited about that position from the second I read the post. It seems like it’ll be the stuff I loved at Staples as well as what I love at the Auto Shop and from my communications major. When I went in for the interview, I loved the office environment (someone was singing loudly from their office. a very good sign of a fun place to work at!) and I just can’t explain the good feeling I have about it. So I’m gonna assume that’s a prompting I can’t ignore! The supervisor had some really good things to say about me and said my references were just “sparkling” with good things to say about me. I guess she really wants me because even though they wanted someone to start working the 22nd, she’s accommodating my desire to give my job a week’s notice and to finish graduation stuff, which is fantastic. So I’ll start there the 29th!

I’m very sad to leave the Auto Shop. I can’t express how much I have loved this job and what a huge blessing it’s been in my life. I can only imagine how much harder my MS diagnosis would’ve been if I’d been working at a stressful job like Staples. My supervisor and boss are incredibly understanding and accommodating. Not to mention the job itself has been very good to my health by being so low stress and fun! I have great coworkers who look after me and treat me like their own daughter. It’s hard to leave them and if I could stay, I would. But since I can’t, I’m feeling very lucky that it seems I have another great place to go to. Honestly? I feel like Heavenly Father is showing me a tender mercy. Life has been difficult the last 6 months and I think He knew I needed a little relief. Knowing His pattern, this might be a calm before another storm, but I’m going to enjoy it anyway! ๐Ÿ™‚

MS Minute: Adjusting

I’ve been thinking about a couple of things lately. Well, a lot of things. But these two thoughts especially:

Obviously, you are aware that MS is a huge new part of my life that completely caught me off guard. And I think about it. ALL. THE. TIME. I am still constantly aware that I can’t feel my left hand properly. My legs go numb if I go up stairs or it’s too cold or if I’m stressed. It’s affecting what jobs I’m applying to, determining how it’ll affect my symptoms or not… so many variations of MS thoughts. It’s never far from my mind.

I don’t want MS to be my ‘label,’ if you know what I mean. Everyone has trials and everyone has something difficult they are dealing with. And, as Ayisha so beautifully blogged recently, happiness truly is a choice. I’m trying very hard to choose not to let my trial ruin my happiness. But at the same time, isn’t thinking about my MS all the time part of adjusting? After all, I’m still newly diagnosed. Yes it’s been 6 months, but that’s still a short time to adjust to a new way of living after 23 years. I think that it’s completely reasonable and expected.

I’m trying to find a balance. (tee hee. I just giggled over the irony of that sentence…my lack of balance is actually one of my bigger MS problems!) I don’t want it to be the only thing I talk about or think about but I also can’t pretend it doesn’t exist. MS is going to be a part of my life forever. As much as that idea terrifies me, it’s something I am trying to accept. I think given time I won’t think about it as much, but I think I have to make the choice to not let it be a part of my identity.

This one really hit home with me. It’s definitely something I could improve on. Sure, I’ve talked and cried and and whined to many people about MS (and many other areas of my life…whoops, sorry guys) but I definitely haven’t been on my knees as often as I could.

I know that Heavenly Father loves me and has a plan for me. Often it isn’t something I understand and I don’t see where His plan is taking me and it makes me impatient. Which makes me wonder how I’m silly enough to not spend more time talking with Him and asking Him! Even if I don’t understand, it brings so much comfort and helps me cope better, so it’s shocking that it’s not my first reaction. I’m definitely trying to be better about that.

So those are my goals–to not let my trial become my defining characteristic and to spend a lot more time going to my Heavenly Father in prayer.

But I’ve also decided I’m going to try to be more of an MS advocate as far as educating others about the disease. I’m not ready for the general public to know about my MS yet, but I’d like to tell my lovely blog readers about it more. So from time to time I’m going to write MS Minutes with short posts about things I learn or how my treatment is going or whatnot. My hope is I won’t cross the line to being completely self involved and whiny about my disease, but become more comfortable about talking about it. Thanks for being my guinea pigs as I learn for myself how open I want to be about this topic. ๐Ÿ™‚

DISNEYLAND!!!…A Month Late

Ok, I finally got time to work on this post at home and upload all our pictures to facebook ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m not posting all the pictures on here again, but here are my favorites!
Going to Disneyland and California Adventure in February? BEST IDEA EVER. Our average line wait was seriously 10 minutes, if that. We had ONE ride we waited for an hour and a half (the brand new Cars ride) but that’s it. We got to go on every single ride we wanted to (minus a couple that were closed for maintenance) and we got to go on our favorites multiple times. I really feel like we got our money’s worth out of the trip! It’s also completely ruined us. We have vowed to never ever ever go during peak times because we don’t want to deal with the long lines and waits. 
Since we were there for Valentine’s Day, they had all sorts of special decorations. It was awesome! They also had an event where you could wait in one line and meet every Princess/Prince couple. Very fun!
One of the things we were really impressed with was all the attention to detail. Everything looked beautiful, right down to the woodwork! Are all those small details necessary? No. Would it be more cost effective not to bother? Probably. But Disney doesn’t do that and it makes everything that much more amazing! Loved it. 

Aren’t we attractive? ๐Ÿ™‚ I think this is my favorite of us from the trip. Note our adorable “Happy Anniversary!” buttons we were given. Loved them! We were very impressed with how often the Disney employees would say something about our Anniversary to us. Of course the ones we were talking to anyway, like people taking our picture, but someone about 5 feet away running in the other direction happened to glimpse my button and say something. I wouldn’t have been offended if he hadn’t said anything, but I’m sure Disney trains them to say something every time they see a button.
By the way, this is us waiting in line at Indiana Jones. Which we loved and went on 3 times. The second time  went through they had to stop it for maintenance and we got to talk to the sweetest old man! He’s worked at Disneyland for years and he told us some stories. When he found out it was Jason’s first time at Disneyland, he grabbed Jason a first-time button. We loved him! 

Like pretty much every little boy these days, my nephews are OBSESSED with Cars. The whole time Jason and I were in Cars Land we kept thinking about them and how much they would love it there. It was really cool, it literally felt like you walked into the movie.            
The Tea Cups were closed for maintenance the first day we were there and we were realllly sad. It’s obviously one of the most iconic rides at Disneyland and we really wanted a picture. But luckily, they opened it again

We went to World of Colors at California Adventure. It’s a show with water fountains that’s coordinated with music and lights to make it different colors, as well as projections from Disney movies. I’m super annoyed because my videos we took aren’t uploading onto blogger ๐Ÿ™ soooo, look it up on youtube! It was way cooler than we were expecting, absolutely beautiful.

Needless to say, it was a fantastic vacation. We had a blast! I really should’ve posted sooner because I’ve forgotten some stuff I meant to blog about, but those were the highlights. We can’t wait to go back!